Oh, the professorial outrage at being objectively measured!

I’m cynically amused by the protests coming from professors at the University of Texas at Austin. The University of Texas at Austin this week became one of the most prestigious research institutions to join a faculty rebellion against Academic Analytics, a data company that promises to identify low-performing professors. UT-Austin’s Faculty Council voted on Monday to approve a resolution recommending that the university make no use of Academic Analytics, especially concerning promotions, tenure, salaries, curriculum, and other faculty issues. As with previous faculty protests of the company at Georgetown and Rutgers Universities, UT-Austin faculty members cited concerns about the accuracy

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Doofus Of The Day #994

Today’s award goes to the authors of a ridiculous article about yoga. A professor of religious studies at Michigan State University recently argued that white people who practice yoga are guilty of enjoying a “system of power, privilege, and oppression.” To truly honor yoga, writes Michigan State University professor Shreena Gandhi, white Americans should understand its history, acknowledge the cultural appropriation they engage in, and possibly reduce the cost of yoga classes for poor people, a group that often includes people of color and “recent immigrants, such as Indian women to whom this practice rightfully belongs.” Gandhi, in an article

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A big “Thank you!” to those who supported Wil Caligan’s fundraiser

Last week I asked for your support for a fundraiser for Wil Caligan, a graphic artist who ran afoul of SJW thought police and found his professional future imperiled.  You responded with great generosity, as did others.  By the time the one-week fundraiser ended, on Monday morning, Wil’s fundraiser had raised no less than $59,046.  Since the initial baseline appeal had been for just $7,500, that represents an oversubscription of no less than 787%!  Well done, everyone, and thank you very much! With all its stretch goals fulfilled, the fundraiser will now pay for Wil to draw three complete graphic

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Campus politics and the State of the Union address

Cathy Young, writing in the Boston Herald, has some pithy comments about “How campus politics hijacked American politics“. For some time, a fixation on identity politics, a culture of reflexive outrage, and a scorched-earth approach to trivial transgressions have been all hallmarks of student activism and academic radicalism. They are now becoming increasingly evident in American life as a whole. In the name of defending women and ethnic and sexual minorities — all reasonable goals — progressives on and off campus are taking illiberal stances that polarize society, put a chill on free speech, and erode respect for due process.

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A life well lived, remembered with laughter

I was touched – and amused – to read the obituary of the late Terry Ward, who died last week. Terry Wayne Ward, age 71, of DeMotte, IN, escaped this mortal realm on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, leaving behind 32 jars of Miracle Whip, 17 boxes of Hamburger Helper and multitudes of other random items that would prove helpful in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Terry is survived by his overly-patient and accepting wife Kathy, who was the love of his life (a fact she gladly accepted sympathy for during their 48 years of marriage). He is also survived

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Jihad in Minnesota: why the deafening media silence?

Readers may remember the stabbing attack on two shoppers at the Mall of America in Minnesota last November.  It was widely reported in the mainstream media to be a robbery attempt.  Many of us had our suspicions about that, given the name and religion of the attacker (not widely reported at the time).  To this day, such evasion continues. However, it now looks like our suspicions were justified. At the plea hearing Thursday, Abdiraham’s attorney read a statement — which is public record — to the courtroom, which explained why he attacked the two men. In the statement, Abdiraham said

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The 2018 “Tuna Tossing World Championships”???

Yes, they’re a thing – in Port Lincoln, Australia, as part of the annual Tunarama festival.  The 2018 championships have just been held there.  The Telegraph reports: Historically a fishing town, the idea grew from watching dock workers hurl fish from the decks of overflowing boats. Dead fish were thrown in earlier editions of the event, first held in 1979, but the decision was made several years ago to toss rubber ones instead. There’s more at the link. Here’s some footage from last week’s competition. I suppose the losers were weighed in the scales and found wanting . . .

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Daniel Greenfield lays it on the line

Daniel Greenfield, who blogs at Sultan Knish, often has interesting views.  I don’t always agree with them, but in a recent speech to the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, I think he hit several home runs clear out of the park.  It’s very worthwhile to listen to his speech in full;  I’ve included it after the excerpt below, and you can read a transcript at his blog. Here’s a lengthy excerpt that I think encapsulates the core of his argument. Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it

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The most cost-effective binoculars I’ve ever owned

A few years ago I wrote about the usefulness of binoculars in emergency situations, following that article with another on how to choose the right low-cost binoculars for your needs.  I stand by most of my recommendations in those articles;  but technology has improved to the point that many of my earlier criteria are about to be overturned. I have on my desk, as I write these words, an example of that.  It’s the Costin Ultimate HD 8-24×50 Zoom Binoculars. Yes, you read that right:  they’re an 8×50 pair of binoculars, with a zoom feature that lets you increase that

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